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NIST extends response period for comments on AMTech program.

October 4, 2011

To accommodate additional interested parties, NIST announced 30-day extension on request seeking public comment on the proposed Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program. NIST's Request for Information asked for public comments on how to structure the proposed new program, which would foster public-private research consortia focused on long-term industrial research needs in the area of advanced manufacturing. Comment period now ends on Thursday, Oct 20, 2011. Read More

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Record Numbers attend Die Casting Congress and Tabletop.

October 4, 2011

Held Sept 19-21, NADCA's Die Casting Congress and Tabletop attracted over 675 attendees and 91 companies showcasing latest technology, research, and services available to die cast industry. Event featured 3 days of Congress sessions during which technical and management presentations were given by experts from around the world. Presentations covered advanced technologies, die materials, computer modeling, cast materials, die surface engineering, equipment, and process control. Read More

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IEEE striving to increase global ranks of women engineers.

October 3, 2011

IEEE Women in Engineering group cites the need for more role models, practical teaching, and career flexibility to tackle a challenge that defies a single global solution. IEEE members advocating for women in engineering will be part of a month-long drive on the IEEE Women in Engineering Facebook page to engage people worldwide in discussions about how to interest more girls in engineering and ensure women are able to build successful engineering careers. Read More

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Proposed Standard will aid evaluation of sewer system coatings.

October 3, 2011

Once approved, ASTM WK33537, Practice for Operating the Severe Wastewater Analysis Testing Apparatus, will aid evaluation of high-performance protective coatings for sewerage systems. This proposed ASTM International standard, providing test specific to such coatings, is being developed by Subcommittee G01.05 on Laboratory Corrosion Tests. Primary users will include specifying architects/engineers and municipal wastewater owners seeking to extend service life of infrastructure assets. Read More

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America's Transportation Awards offer online voting for People's Choice.

October 3, 2011

AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce have announced that the cutoff date for online voting in America's Transportation Awards competition has been extended 1 week to Friday, Oct 14. Winning state will be awarded $10,000 prize to give to a charity or non-profit of its choice. Ten state projects are competing for People's Choice Award to be decided by popular vote of general public, as well as National Grand Prize, which will be decided by panel of judges. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation issues transducer block specification.

October 3, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation has issued FOUNDATION(TM) Wireless and Remote I/O preliminary specification addressing fieldbus transducer blocks for wired HART® and WirelessHART® devices, together with updates to WIO System Architecture and WIO Data Structures. Specification describes expected method for HART configuration tools and asset-managing hosts to access HART devices using native HART command protocol transported through FOUNDATION High Speed Ethernet network. Read More

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ASTM Committee developing proposed non-parametric standard.

October 3, 2011

Interested parties are invited to join in development of proposed standard ASTM WK32565, Guide for the Use of Non-Parametric Statistical Methods. Non-parametric methods are useful to anyone using data analysis tools when nature of underlying distribution is not known, when attribute type data exists, and when just a small sample is available to compare 2 or more groups and show significance when sizeable difference can be expected. Read More

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NREL Experiments on Silicon Ink proves solar cell usefulness.

October 3, 2011

Innovalight of Sunnyvale, CA devised way to suspend silicon in solution without tiny particles glomming onto one another or sinking to bottom of container. Researchers at U.S. Department of Energy's NREL proved that this Silicon Ink can prove useful for solar cells. Specifically, Silicon Ink can make solar cells 1% more efficient when added to manufacturing process. Technology also saves manufacturing plants money via precise and clean application. Read More

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Aquarius yields NASA's first global map of ocean salinity.

October 3, 2011

Aquarius, which is aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory, is making NASA's first space observations of ocean surface salinity variations - a key component of Earth's climate. The new map, which shows a tapestry of salinity patterns, demonstrates Aquarius' ability to detect large-scale salinity distribution features clearly and with sharp contrast. Aquarius soon will allow scientists to explore connections between global rainfall, ocean currents, and climate variations. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute releases new pump test standard. .

October 3, 2011

Standard for Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests, ANSI/HI 14.6 − 2011, provides global reference for testing centrifugal and vertical pumps. It includes tolerance bands, 6 acceptance grades, as well as graphics and content that provide readers with insight into NPSH testing. Additional features include updated layout of test arrangement and appendices containing information regarding measuring equipment, string tests, and discrete test parameters. Read More

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Maryland Governor urges investment in cybersecurity education.

October 3, 2011

At NIST as part of workshop hosted by National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley called cybersecurity an "urgent priority" and emphasized government and private sector collaboration as necessary for investing in "the skills of our people" as well as creating new jobs. Governor also described state-wide cybersecurity initiative, started 3 years ago, and discussed several programs Maryland has implemented to improve cybersecurity education. Read More

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Broadband Forum delivers fiber solution set.

October 3, 2011

Launched at Forum's quarterly meeting, BroadbandSuite(TM) v5.0 provides architecture, management, and testing tools needed to ensure interoperability in PON deployments. Release brings together range of fiber-related work that Broadband Forum has been carrying out in its Fiber Access Networks working group, working closely with the Full Service Access Network. It will allow operators and service providers to build their fiber networks with confidence in product conformance and interoperability. Read More

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Shipments of T5 and T8 Lamps increase during first half of 2011.

October 3, 2011

NEMA shipment indexes for T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamps increased 30.2% and 12.5%, respectively, during first half of 2011 compared to same period last year. While Q2 2011 index values for T5 and T8 lamps were at record highs, first half shipments of T12 lamps declined 11.1% on year-over-year basis. During Q2 2011, T5 and T8 lamps increased their respective shares of combined market by 0.2 and 0.1 percentage points. T12 lamps gave back 0.3 percentage points, decreasing to 30%. Read More

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NEMA publishes guidelines for electric fire pump controllers.

October 3, 2011

NEMA has published NEMA ICS 14-2010 for Application Guide for Electric Fire Pump Controllers and NEMA ICS 15-2011 for Instructions for the Handling, Installation, Operation, and Maintenance for Electric Fire Pump Controllers Rated Not More than 600V. NEMA ICS 14 stresses those considerations specific to fire pump installations, while NEMA ICS 15 helps avoid personal injury and equipment damage during various processes. Read More

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I Make America Campaign thanks supporters, stages virtual march.

September 30, 2011

AEM and I Make America, announcing campaign's first anniversary, thanked supporters and entire equipment manufacturing industry for their support and advocacy. To mark the occasion, I Make America is holding Virtual March on Washington this week. Supporters are urged to send letters, sign petition, and call their elected officials in Congress to demand they pass comprehensive, well-funded highway bill. So far, campaign has enlisted support of 13,000+ people nationwide. Read More

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EPA releases final health assessment for TCE.

September 30, 2011

Released to Integrated Risk Information System database, EPA's final assessment characterizes trichloroethylene as carcinogenic to humans and as a human non-cancer health hazard. Assessment will allow for a better understanding of the risks posed to communities from exposure to TCE in soil, water, and air, and will provide policy makers with the latest scientific information to make decisions about cleanup and other actions to protect people's health. Read More

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Beef Food Safety Seminar will be presented at Process EXPO 2011.

September 30, 2011

North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) will conduct beef food safety seminar at PROCESS EXPO, which takes place November 1-4, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Non-O157 STEC's will be primary focus, and topics will include background and known information; challenges in controlling pathogens in beef products; and USDA's declaration that the "Big 6" will be considered adulterants in beef products. Presenters will include Dr. Jim Marsden and Mohammad Koohmaraie. Read More

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CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012 is ready for exhibit space sales.

September 30, 2011

Sales for indoor/outdoor exhibit space are open for CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012, which will be held May 29 through June 2 in Moscow, Russia. Central, highly visible area will provide manufacturers and their exclusive dealers with ability to control customer branding and marketing messages. For all exhibitors, AEM acts as show liaison by assisting with logistics such as travel planning, hotels, visa processing, and interpreter support. Read More

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NA Electroindustry Business Conditions stabilize in September.

September 30, 2011

NEMA Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) indicated conditions facing North American electroindustry, after signaling deterioration in each of 3 months prior, stabilized in September. While 20% of survey panelists reported conditions improved, 20% reported they worsened, and 60% reported no change. September EBCI for future North American conditions rebounded as well, with 37% of panelists expecting conditions to improve by March 2012 versus 20% anticipating they will worsen. Read More

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ASTM to sponsor symposium on Pervious Concrete.

September 30, 2011

Scheduled for Dec 4, 2011, Pervious Concrete symposium will discuss importance of testing standards for pervious concrete. Forum will present data collected on pervious projects relating to fresh concrete properties, hardened properties, durability, permeability, and mix design alternatives. Some topics will include use and intention of C1701 standard for field permeability, density and voids of freshly delivered material, and use of admixtures to improve pervious attributes. Read More